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Old 03-13-12, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by bluegoatwoods View Post
I'm about to hit 5 years on a Wal-Mart Roadmaster mountain bike that cost $50 new. And it's not the first one, for that matter.

I weigh 175-180 lbs and I commute with moderate to heavy loads over both wheels. My average speed is 12 mph. Not much, I'll grant. But it translates to 15 mph plus on levels and downhill. Yearly miles are in the 1500 range.

I've had better bikes in my lifetime, but I've also had several of about this quality. I've never broken a frame of folded a fork.

It's all a matter of how you ride it.

But I'll admit that this means they're not for everybody. But for someone who can handle them, they're virtually free transport.
This thread is from the perspective of mountain bikers discussing wally world bikes being used for off-road purposes. Your experience with commuting on one on flat pavement isn't really the same thing.
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Old 03-13-12, 11:14 PM
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I bought a Mongoose DXR for 20 bucks had no back wheel ( got taco'd and trashed). I ride that on some fairly decently tough terrain. We ride on my friends property which backs up to a creek. I weigh 240 and knock on wood have had no issue. Granted its the best mountain bike I have had so I dont know what i am missing.
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Old 03-15-12, 08:33 PM
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Originally Posted by ESW116 View Post
This thread is from the perspective of mountain bikers discussing wally world bikes being used for off-road purposes. Your experience with commuting on one on flat pavement isn't really the same thing.
You're probably right. On the other hand, there's a difference between a sports car and a car with sporty styling and the same difference between a MTB and a city bike with MTB styling. This guy was actually smart enough to actually use the bike the way it was intended to be used. It's usually covered in the owners manual but I guess most people don't read those anyway.
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Old 03-15-12, 08:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Burton View Post
It's usually covered in the owners manual but I guess most people don't read those anyway.
Yeah, but as 3speed pointed out earlier in this topic, sometimes manuals for regular mountain bikes have those warnings too, I guess for legal reasons. My Komodo came with a booklet that said that the bike was not intended for off-road riding, wheelies, or jumping.

Of course, last time I mentioned that, someone told me that because of that bike's piggy weight for a hardtail, it's not suitable for anything besides being used as a campus commuter anyway.
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Old 03-15-12, 09:10 PM
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weird. i rode a 24" dual suspension mongoose for about 3 years (from 9 to 12) on rocky, rooty fourwheeler trails. then i rode a 26" version of the same bike for another 3 years (12-15). i jumped/ ramped/ rode into the lake/ went mudding/ generally abused them. aside from brake and shifting adjustments and semi-regular bolt tightening/ checking, they were always good enough for me. my hardrock is a legit 15 pounds lighter than either of them, though.
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Old 03-15-12, 11:19 PM
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i had a Ross back in 93-94, held up great as a 90lb kid, pulled it out of storage years later, tried one wheelie and snapped the chain, landed and the fork bent back enough to put the tire into the frame. went through 4 or 5 crap bmx bikes and broke the neck on a full suspension "Next" landing nose first off a ramp. Wal mart bikes are meant for light street duty and not much more.
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Old 03-17-12, 08:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Burton View Post
You're probably right. On the other hand, there's a difference between a sports car and a car with sporty styling and the same difference between a MTB and a city bike with MTB styling.
One reason & two words will explain why that analogy doesn't hold up: safety regulations.

You can take a sporty-styled car to a race track &, while it won't compete for sh** with the true sports cars, you won't necessarily be putting your life at risk by simply driving it there.

Also, the Brown Hornet isn't suited for off-road use, according to the owners manual. Lawyers..

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Old 03-20-12, 04:28 PM
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Two days ago I was riding on the street and passed a bus stop. A guy was sitting there waiting for a bus with a bike in front of him. It was a Next mtb, the front wheel, fork legs and crown were in one place and the rest was a few feet away. The steerer had broken at the crown, I don't know but it didn't look like he was injured.
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Old 03-20-12, 05:22 PM
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The stickers on the Wal Mart "mtb" bikes say, "not for off road use". They got that right, at least.
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Originally Posted by klunkrleaguenow View Post
i had a Ross back in 93-94, held up great as a 90lb kid, pulled it out of storage years later, tried one wheelie and snapped the chain, landed and the fork bent back enough to put the tire into the frame. went through 4 or 5 crap bmx bikes and broke the neck on a full suspension "Next" landing nose first off a ramp. Wal mart bikes are meant for light street duty and not much more.
If it were me and I'd broken that many toy store bikes, I wouldn't have risked my neck by taking a Next off of a ramp. That's just me, though.
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes View Post
The stickers on the Wal Mart "mtb" bikes say, "not for off road use".
Ya, that means 'stay on the groomed runs'

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The Roadmaster the guy I saw riding looked just like this one:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Roadmaster...ndingMethod=rr
They just don't make $88 bikes like they used to.
Actually, I'm a little surprised he was riding something this inexpensive as he had gloves, helmet, riding shirt, and a hydration pack........then he went really low end on the bike.
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Old 03-21-12, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by svaldrin View Post
I bought a Mongoose DXR for 20 bucks had no back wheel ( got taco'd and trashed). I ride that on some fairly decently tough terrain. We ride on my friends property which backs up to a creek. I weigh 240 and knock on wood have had no issue. Granted its the best mountain bike I have had so I dont know what i am missing.
Then go test ride one at your LBS, it is literally a night and day difference if you get on something even in the $500-$700 range. I work on DXR's rather frequently(against my will since it's my job), and I cringe just having to test ride them. They're just about the top of the line of the junk bikes, but it's still a junk bike. I even saw one with a decal that read "Pure Shimano Guts". I wasn't sure what to make of that, since none of the actual inner working parts were Shimano. It also had a 7 speed freewheel hub with a disc brake. We had to upgrade it to 8 speed to replace the wheel, since no one in the world makes such a thing besides the Chinese factory that built the bike.,,,,BD
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A few years back, I offered to buy my sister a bike, and even after I gave her fair warning, she loved the color of a bike she saw at Wally World.
So... I bought it for her. She couldn't get up the mild hills in her neighborhood (full suspension, such as it was) and decided right there that she hated bicycling.
I took the bike back, got my $180 back, and went to the LBS to pick up a gently used Schwinn Frontier for $40 less. With a decent quality hardtail, with properly adjusted gearing, she had no problem with those same hills, and she had a smile on her face, to boot.

I've known guys who did pretty well with a box-mart bike, especially if they knew how to work on 'em, but I won't ever direct a new rider in that direction, as I don't want to take any blame for the heartbreak that usually follows.
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Originally Posted by spacerconrad View Post
. . . and she had a smile on her face, to boot.

I've known guys who did pretty well with a box-mart bike, especially if they knew how to work on 'em, but I won't ever direct a new rider in that direction, as I don't want to take any blame for the heartbreak that usually follows.
Best explanation ever, it's hard to throw $700 at a bike but when you do you get a real bike and you become a real biker, ya I said it, biker. unfortunately I've learned if you throw 1000's of dollars at a bike you get a really kickass bike, omg they make nice bikes these days.

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Originally Posted by spacerconrad View Post
A few years back, I offered to buy my sister a bike, and even after I gave her fair warning, she loved the color of a bike she saw at Wally World.
So... I bought it for her. She couldn't get up the mild hills in her neighborhood (full suspension, such as it was) and decided right there that she hated bicycling.
I took the bike back, got my $180 back, and went to the LBS to pick up a gently used Schwinn Frontier for $40 less. With a decent quality hardtail, with properly adjusted gearing, she had no problem with those same hills, and she had a smile on her face, to boot.

I've known guys who did pretty well with a box-mart bike, especially if they knew how to work on 'em, but I won't ever direct a new rider in that direction, as I don't want to take any blame for the heartbreak that usually follows.
My best friend (female) has a beach cruiser that she got from Wally World a few years back. Aside from the chain already needing replacing after almost no riding, there's nothing technically wrong with it. However, it has cranks that are somewhere in the range of 150mm, on a full size beach cruiser. It looks like they just had overstock of the My Little Pony bike cranks or something & decided to slap them on a full size bike.

She always complains about how hard it is to pedal & I want to tell her "It's because your bike has a crankset intended for kids with 20" legs" but she loves the bike & I don't want her to get butthurt about it because she has very little/comes from very little income. She loves the bike because of the color & style, & I've slowly been trying to hint towards the true quality of the bike to encourage to to look at getting anything else. She was talking about using it to commute to work--8 miles--& that was when I just had to tell her that you absolutely cannot commute 8 miles on a bike with 150mm cranks & footbrakes, & I would not be okay with knowing she was even going to attempt it (not because there's anything really dangerous about small cranks or footbrakes, I just don't trust the quality of that bike against the quality of the roads around here, combined with the ATL-metro area supposedly being one of the least pedestrian-friendly areas in the US). I offered to put a more 'comfortable' seat on my GF Wahoo (she doesn't believe in ergonomics) & try to get a move on replacing the wheelset so she can use that instead. Even when they hold up, Xmart bikes rarely have any real quality. It happens, but not often.

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